Research Social platform on Migration and Asylum

Monthly Expert Interviews

ReSOMA Expert Monthly Interview - Crackdown on NGOs assisting refugees and other migrants

European Union (EU) and national policies are increasingly affecting civil society organisations and individuals who provide humanitarian assistance and access to rights to refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. The Facilitation Directive and its Framework Decision represent the main legislative instrument at the EU level to tackle migrant smuggling and criminalise the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence of migrants in the European Union In addition, in the context of the so-called “European refugee humanitarian crisis” at the EU level political and operational priority has been given to combating migrant smuggling. This has led to criminal charges, legal restrictions and administrative penalties against civil society actors. In some countries, suspicion has led to a shift in attitudes of the public and media towards civil society actors and individuals in the Member States. The questionnaire explores what kind of developments are  happening across different EU member states and what are their impacts on the activities of civil society organisations and broader societal issues such as the rule of law, democracy, freedom of assembly and association.

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The project at a glance

ReSOMA stands for Research SOcial Platform on Migration and Asylum. Funded under the Horizon2020 programme, ReSOMA aims at creating a platform for exchanging knowledge and practice in order to ensure that European policy-makers and stakeholders access accurate and reliable policy evidence.

Being a coordination support actions, ReSOMA is meant to communicate directly with policy makers. The idea behind ReSOMA is proving evidence ready-to-use on policy, policy perceptions and policy options on migration, asylum and integration. Evidence from researchers but mostly from stakeholders and practitioners.

1) Supporting a sustainable and mutually beneficial collaboration between EU research and stakeholder networks;
2) Making EU’s platforms for policy dialogue and consultation more evidence-based;
3) Raising new evidence-based top priorities for the EU’s policy agenda.

Duration: 1st February 2018 – 31st January 2020

The Reasons behind ReSOMA

In response to a quick increase in migratory flows to the Europe over the past years, EU policymaking on asylum and migration has understandably not been able to keep up with the rapidly changing migration dynamics and political dynamics in the Member States. Policies towards immigrants are generally slow to change and path dependent, except when major changes in flows, government or politicisation radically accelerate the pace of changes in policy and public opinion. Migration has never been so high on the political agenda, while at EU level coordination involves an increasing number of relatively new actors, agencies and fora becoming active on asylum and migration policy. Building on these challenges, the ReSOMA project has three main objectives:

Supporting a Sustainable and mutually beneficial collaboration between EU research and stakeholder networks.

Making EU’s platforms for policy dialogue and consultation more evidence-based.

Shedding light on the top priorities that need to be tackled at the EU level.

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